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What is my Atomic worth?

Naturally, a scarce Atomic in mint condition will be worth much more than a more common model that shows signs of wear. While the worn model might fetch only a modest amount, a high end model could be worth well over $500. The short answer, of course, is: whatever the market is prepared to pay. Ebay, Trademe, and similar sites are the principal source of vintage machines, so checking recent prices is the best way to get an idea of value. Here are 6 things that will reduce its value:

Worn badge - for a collector, a worn badge destroys most of the value. The difference between a machine with a perfect badge and one with none, could be 60% or more. Some non-collectors will not worry about the badge, however, so a worn badge is not a guaranteed sign of a cheap Atomic.

Frozen filler knob - also guaranteed to reduce the price significantly. But unlike the badge, a frozen knob can usually be fixed, provided you can get hold of a spare filler knob. While the price drop can be around 50%, the cost to fix can be NZ$100 or less.

Dents or chips in enamel - enamel finishes cannot be repaired by amateurs, so chips in the enamel are there for keeps. If they are major, value could drop by 15% or more. Even a machine with enamel in good condition will be worth a bit less than the equivalent machine with aluminium finish - maybe 5% less.

Missing head filter - this is usually terminal, as they are virtually impossible to replace. Expect to pay 10-15% less for a machine without its head filter.

Pressure gauge - Thos Cara marketeted a range of Deluxe models that had a pressure gauge screwed into the head. These were of no practical value, destroy the clean lines of the basic machine, and the plastic face panels are prone to warping, yellowing and loss. Expect to pay 10% less for a machine with one of these.

Missing parts - a missing grinds holder or jug means a 5% drop in value, but missing filter baskets, knobs and seals are less of a problem because they can be easily replaced.

Early (flat-top) or Atomic (B) Model - early and unusual models are worth more. Expect to pay about 20% more for an early "flat-top" model or Atomic (B) in fine or mint condition.



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On the positive side, here are some things that will increase the value of your Atomic:

  • Mint condition - add 5% or more
  • Original box and instructions - add 5% or more
  • Green bakelite - add 10% or more
  • Mint AND complete - add a premium of 40%

Prices of near-mint Atomics hit a high of US$700 in March 2005. A good machine can be purchased in therange of US$300-350 (NZ$475-550)

A near-mint Atomic with box and original instructions sold in June 2006 for AU$950.